Nepal's election commission has announced that the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has won half of the seats in the Constituent Assembly up for grabs by direct election. However, directly-elected seats account for less than half of the total seats in the 601-seat Assembly. The others are chosen by proportional representation. Experts project the ex-rebels are likely to fall short of the 301 seats necessary for a simple majority.
Nepal Communist party (Maoist) leader Prachanda